8.20.2017

Business Ideas To Grow A Business That Will Outlive You

Startups are appearing on the tech scene almost every day. This is good news because it shows that quite a number of people have embraced the Internet as a means of transacting business. But at the same time, many of these startups with great potentials have disappeared due to the wrong execution of their growth and marketing strategy.

Growth is key, yet growing a startup is really hard and most founders struggle with it.

Do things you do not require in the long run
When your startup is taking its first step, make sure you get your friends and family to work with you and use your product. Don’t just stop there, you can also share what you do on blogs and engage with potential users over social media. You will get useful comments that will make your product more attractive and acceptable.

Focus on a small niche
Since you are just starting, it is better to focus on a small niche or market because it will be much more manageable. So, don’t go too broad quickly. You are more likely to grow by narrowing your target audience, better understanding customer needs, building more focused products, and tailoring your marketing message to a specific audience.

Don't chase money
Having a startup should never be about getting rich quick. Successful startups that achieve growth early on are the ones that focus on innovation and providing unique, valuable solutions for consumers.

Regularly review strategic areas of your startup
In the beginning, you probably laid out clear plans the strategic areas of your startup, including operations, sales/marketing, and finance. But if you want your startup to achieve growth, you need to regularly analyse and review these areas.

Delegate and trust, but verify
One of the key problems many entrepreneurs have is trying to do too many things at the same time. If you manage everything yourself, you can ensure it works out in the smoothest way possible. But know that doing this will make you experience entrepreneurial burnout and this can hinder your startup's growth. So, trust the members of your team and know when to delegate. The important thing is for you to follow up and verify whatever they are doing.

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Merits and Demerits of Rooting an Android phone

Many of we smartphone users are conversant with the act of rooting a smartphone, most times to gain developers access to the smartphone. But have you ever sat down to wonder the advantages and disadvantages of rooting your smartphone? We will now be talking about both merits and demerits associated with rooting an Android phone. Let us start with the brighter side: the benefits.


Benefits of Rooting an Android Phone

Here are some of the advantages of using a rooted Android phone.

Run Special Applications
After you have rooted your phone, you can run special applications that require root access on your phone. When compared to regular applications, root applications provide more features.


As these special apps can directly deal with the Android system files, they can tweak your Android in more extensive ways. For example, you can uninstall multiple applications silently after you have root access using eUninstall.


Run Custom ROMs
One of the main reasons I rooted my phone was because I wanted to install and use custom ROMs on it.


These custom ROMs bring many teaks and performance fixes and are much more user friendly when compared to the stock ones. They are optimized in performance and battery are updated more frequently than the stock ROMs.


Free Internal Storage
People who have low internal memory can transfer any application from internal memory to SD card after rooting their phone. There are some applications that provide the option by default. But if you want to force move an app by creating a symlink, you must use an app that only works on a rooted phone.


So those were about the merits. Nothing’s perfect and there are certain caveats associated with rooting an Android device.


Disadvantages of Rooting Your Android
So, let’s take a look at the demerits of rooting your Android.


Your Phone Might Get Bricked
Not to demotivate you here, but when I tried to root my first Android phone – Samsung Galaxy S – I bricked it and it was in the service center for next 15 to 20 days. 

No matter how good a rooting tutorial is, it’s a daunting task and if you miss out any step or flash a corrupt zip file (that’s what happened to me) you might end up with a bricked (broken) phone.

Now assuming that you are not a power user, you will have to go to your phone manufacturer’s service center and get your phone fixed. Moreover, if they come to know that the brick or semi-brick has caused because you were trying to root your phone, you might as well be charged for it.


You End up Voiding Phone’s Warranty
As soon as you root your phone, you void your phone’s warranty and if anything happens to your phone even when it’s in the warranty period, the company is going to charge you for the repairs. In some of the phones, you can un-root your phone, but in most of the phones there’s is no going back.
Conclusion


So, you’ve been acquainted and warned. If you think that rooting the phone to run special applications and custom ROM is worth is, go ahead. If you think it’s not worth the hassle, stay put. At the end of the day, it’s depends on your usage and what you want your phone to do for you. Of course, proceeding with caution no matter how great an expert you think you are is always advisable.


The bricking incident never stopped me from rooting my phone again. What about you? Are you going to root your Android phone?
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8.19.2017

How To Know If Your Smartphone is 4G LTE Supported


Most of the telecommunications in Nigeria are now switching from existing 2G and 3G services to genuinely high-speed mobile broadband on 4G/LTE and it is gradually gaining ground in mostly developed parts of Nigeria. I guess we are going to continue with the 4G LTE network.

4G LTE allowed smartphone technology to spread its wings. That’s because it’s faster than 3G network. So when you want to download the new game or stream a TV show in HD, you can do it without buffering and legs that make the experience not worth the wait.


Using a 4G smartphone with 4G LTE network means you can download files from the Internet up to 10 times faster than with 3G.
The only problem would be the battery drainage we would be experiencing soon. As our smartphones battery that couldn't cope well with 3G battery drainage, would now be faced with the strength of the 4G LTE network. 

It has come to our nptice that lots of people can't find out if their smartphone is 3G or 4G enabled device, now we are here to sort it out.

Whether you are using Android smartphone, iPhone, Windows Phone or even a Blackberry device, you can check if that your mobile phone support 4G network. The steps are very simple, just follow it accordingly.

To Know If Your Smartphone is 4G LTE Supported 

For Android Device
Go to Settings >> Network Settings >> Mobile Network. It should give you a drop-down menu of mobile standards such as 2G, 3G or LTE (4G). If you don’t see 4G or LTE, then your smartphone doesn’t support the standard.

iPhone Users
Go to Settings  >> General  >> Cellular  >> Enable 4G LTE.
Blackberry Users
Go to settings >> Network and Connection >> Mobile Network >> Network mode and you’ll see 4G&3G&2G. however, if you are using Blackberry Q5 and below, you won’t get 4G network services.

Windows Phone Users
Go to Settings > Celluar + Sim > Highest connection speed and check if LTE is part of the options.

Once you’ve seen the 4G network, simply selected LTE and if the network is available in your location, the “LTE” symbol will appear on the phone status bar replacing either “3G”, “H” or “2G” symbols. Then you can start flexing on 4G network.

Enjoy.
Comment if your phone supports 4G LTE.
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8.16.2017

6 Things You Can do At With a GTBank ATM

As we all know Guaranteed Trust Bank GTB is one of the reliable banks for all kinds of transactions. Today I'll be listing some valuable this that can be done with a GTBank ATM.



Customer update:
With a GTBank ATM card you can easily update the phone number attached to the account directly. But this has to be carried out specifically on any GTBank ATM machine, and the customer information is instantly updated.

Bill Payment:
You can pay all your bills easily using any GTB ATM nearby ranging from electric bill payment, cable TV, Tolls, online bet sites and many more using the quick teller option on the ATM.

Airtime Purchase:
Are you out of airtime? Well that that easily be taken care off, as with on GTB ATM purchasing of airtime to any network is as swift as breeze ....

Cardless Withdrawal:
Withdraw cash without your card at any GTBank ATM , just simply dial *737# on any line registered with your account , select cardless withdrawal and you would be given the code for the transaction.

Inter and Intra banks funds transfer:
You can transfer money easily using any GTBank ATM to your accounts or other bank accounts.

Western Union
Using GTB ATM you can recieve western union payments directly into your bank accounts.
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How to Recover deleted text message on a smartphone


Sending text messages is almost a part of our everyday routine, as it has been estimated that millions of text messages are sent on smartphones daily. It can be used as a medium to communicate with loved ones and even store valuable datas.
Now for some reasons we might have deleted valuable texts with the notion that it has been erased permanently. But with the help of mobkin app, it can easily be recovered in one sweep.


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How To Access Hidden Info On Your Android SmartPhone Using This Secret Codes

The use of codes on our smartphone can be very useful as it make accessing data very smooth and swift. Your Android device holds a large amount of information about its hardware and system that an average user might find difficult to access. But if you know Android's secret codes, you can factory reset your device, find out its hidden camera information, instantly back up your precious data, and much more.

USSD codes
These aren't the secret ones, but they're not so well known. USSD, or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, codes connect to the phone's network once dialed to perform certain functions, like finding out how much credit you have left on your prepaid phone or how much data you've used this month. They change often, and the codes vary from carrier to carrier. Here are a few you can try for some of the major US carriers:

AT&T
Check your data and SMS usage: *3282#

Verizon
Check your data and SMS usage: #3282

T-Mobile
Check your data usage: #932#

Android system codes
Some 'secret' codes are Android system codes, and usually begin with an asterisk or a pound symbol/hashtag. These don't require you to be connected to a network to use them, since they're just for the Android system on your device. These codes are updated regularly as new versions of Android software are released, and some manufacturers have their own additional special codes.

The code entry procedure is very simple and only requires you to bring up your dialer keypad and enter the appropriate number sequence. It's important to note that some codes are carrier-specific, so they won't work on all devices. So if your phone doesn't respond to a code, don't dwell on it, just move on and find another one.

Warning! These codes should be used with caution. They can make your phone lose data, or render it unusable. There's a lot of incomprehensible tech jargon which pops up in the menus after entering some of these codes, which means that if you aren't 100 percent sure what you're doing, don't do it.

List of secret codes for Android
These codes are mostly universal, and should work on Android devices, no matter the manufacturer. There might still be carrier restrictions on certain codes though, so they're not all guaranteed to work.

Info codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#06# Show phone's IMEI
*#0*# Info menu (doesn't work for all phones)
*#*#4636#*#* Info menu
*#*#34971539#*#* Camera info
*#*#1111#*#* FTA software version
*#*#1234#*#* PDA software version
*#12580*369# Software and hardware info
*#7465625# Device lock status
*#*#232338#*#* MAC address
*#*#2663#*#* Touchscreen version
*#*#3264#*#* RAM version
*#*#232337#*# Bluetooth address
*#*#2222#*#* Hardware version
*#*#44336#*#* Software version and update info
Backup codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* Backup all media
Testing codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#*#197328640#*#* Test mode
*#*#232339#*#* Wi-Fi test
*#*#0842#*#* Brightness and vibration test
*#*#2664#*#* Touchscreen test
*#*#232331#*#* Bluetooth test
*#*#7262626#*#* Field test
*#*#1472365#*#* GPS quick test
*#*#1575#*#* Full GPS test
*#*#0283#*#* Packet loopback test
*#*#0*#*#* LCD display test
*#*#0289#*#* Audio test
*#*#0588#*#* Proximity sensor test
Configuration codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#9090# Diagnostics settings
*#301279# HSDPA/HSUPA settings
*#872564# USB logging settings
Developer codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#9900# System dump mode
##778 (+green/call button) EPST menu
Manufacturer-specific codes
Motorola
CODE FUNCTION
##7764726 Hidden Motorola Droid menu
HTC
CODE FUNCTION
*#*#3424#*#* HTC test program
##786# (Caution!) Phone reset menu
##3282# EPST menu
##3424# Diagnostic mode
##33284# Field test
##8626337# Launch Vocoder
*#*#4636#*#* HTC info menu
Other codes
CODE FUNCTION
*#7780# (Caution!) Factory reset
*2767*3855# (Caution!) Full factory reset
*#*#7594#*#* Power off the phone
*#*#8351#*#* Activate dialer log mode
#*#8350#*#* Disactivate dialer log mode
Stay away from these codes (Caution! Risk of data loss and rendering phone useless)
CODE FUNCTION
*#*#7780#*#* (Caution!) Factory data partition reset
*2767*3855# (Caution!) Format device
There's a good chance you'll never need to use these codes, but if you do then now you know where to find them.

Are there any secret codes that you find yourself using all the time? Or are there any we haven't listed here that are really interesting? Let us know in the comments!
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How To Make Group Video Chats Using Facebook Messenger

Facebook of recent has been rolling out remarkable features both to its app and other aspect, such as, Facebook market place, Facebook's Native Camera Feature etc. Now Facebook has added another feature which allows users to in group comprising of upto 6 group members to video chat inside the group.

How To Video Chat Inside A Group Using Facebook Messenger

  1. Download the latest version of Messenger from playstore and itunes respectively
  2. Go into an existing group conversation and tap the video icon in the upper right part of the screen. 
  3. Now you are on the video chat and every member of that group will be notified of your presence. 
  4. At this stage, anyone can join with a single tap. 
  5. Additionally, you can call a select subset of people in the group.

How Facebook's Group Video Chat Works

Facebook group video chat feature allows up to 6 persons to simultaneously make video calls right inside the group, while up to 50 persons can as well join the group via Voice chat. Immediately the number of people on camera exceeds 6, only the dominant speaker will be seen by all other participants in the group chat.

This new feature has already been rolled out worldwide, as no region is restricted to use this feature, both on Messenger's website and their Apps for iOS and Android devices.

This is an awesome additional feature to Facebook as they always strive to be the best, lets just watch and see what next they have in mind...
Whats your take on this?
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8.14.2017

How To Change Your Facebook Ads Currency

Most marketers use Facebook to advertise their products and services. The only problem most of them encounter is the currency for billing on Facebook. If you use Facebook ads to advertise online, you can easily change the currency in your Facebook ads from US dollars to any other currency e.g Naira. You can get this done easily via your Facebook Ads Account Settings.

How To Easily Change Your Currency

>> Sign in to Facebook.com

>> Go to your Facebook ads account settings.

>> Under Time Zone, click "Change Currency / Timezone".


change Facebook ads currency from dollars to any other preferred currency.


>> Select your new currency and time zone and then click "Create New Account".

That's all.


If the option to change Facebook ads currency isn't appearing, below are the reasons :



  • Your account is unsettled
  • You have ads pending review
  • You've already changed your currency twice in the past 28 days
  • You're looking at an account other than your personal ad account


Things to keep in mind about changing your Facebook ads currency:

When you choose a new currency and time zone, you'll create a new ad account. Your old ad account will be visible in the Account dropdown in the top left of your Ads Manager, but it'll be closed and all ads created with your old account will stop running. Any ads you had running on the old ad account will be billed in the old currency.

If your Facebook Business Manager account has several other accounts associated with it, it's not possible to change your currency. You'll need to create a new account from Business Manager with the new currency.
Your Currency and Business Country must match. For example, if you select Naira as your currency, you should select Nigeria as your country.
The payment methods available to you depend on the currency you choose.

If you want to advertise on Facebook in Nigeria, I do not recommend changing Facebook ads currency from dollars to Naira. Just leave it as USD. Reason is that you will not be able to pay for your Facebook ads with most Nigerian debit cards out there as most of them do not support the Facebook Naira billing.

Source Tech Blog

Have you tried changing your billing currency? Tell us your experience..
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How To Use Facebook Live Video On Your SmartPhone

Facebook has launched yet another feature that allows you to create a stream to share what you're doing Live with your friends. Just like Google Hangouts Facebook Live connects you to thousands of people. Facebook Live is a place where you can broadcast a live event or probably a random rant to your friends on Social media.

How To Go Live With Facebook Live

For Facebook for iOS users
1.       Tap the top of your News Feed or Page
2.       Tap Live
3.       Write an optional description for your broadcast
4.       Tap Go Live to begin your broadcast
5.       Tap Finish when you want to end your broadcast.

Simple as that.

For Facebook for Android users
1.       Tap Live at the top of your News Feed or Page
Facebook-live

2.       Write an optional description for your broadcast

3.       Tap Go Live to begin your broadcast
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4.       Tap Finish when you want to end your broadcast.

Once you begin streaming, an alert will be sent to your Facebook friends, notifying them of your stream. The top half of your screen will show what your viewers are seeing, with a control to switch between the front and rear facing camera in the top-right corner.

That's all. Remember, you can also make Live audio on Facebook. Whats your take on this new development by Facebook?
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